LITTLE ROCK (9-16) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has announced the award recipients for its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for 2016.
The city of Warren is on the list for a $177,000 grant for sidewalk improvements.
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funding for programs and projects defined as “transportation alternatives” for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of transportation. It was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It is a reimbursement-type grant program that provides for an 80 percent federal share and a 20 percent local match from eligible applicants.
Under the TAP program, eligible projects can include construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities that include sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure. Conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for pedestrian and bicycle trails is also eligible.
The Recreational Trails program is funded through a portion of TAP funds set aside specifically for recreational trails. These funds are eligible for maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages, and construction of new trails.
For 2016, a total of 75 TAP projects and 26 RTP projects were awarded. A total of $16,500,000 was awarded for TAP projects and $1,373,000 was awarded to RTP projects.
Among the larger TAP projects awarded were sidewalk improvements in the city of Alma, construction of an asphalt trail in the Fort Chaffee development near Fort Smith and preservation and rehabilitation of the Old River Bridge in Saline County. RTP projects awarded included the Northwoods Trail in Hot Springs and Phase III of the Craighead Forest Park Trail in Jonesboro, among others.
A complete listing of all award recipients and project names is attached.